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Solar Roadways: An Engineering FAILURE

Submitted by: Odio @ 09:59 AM | Friday, May 19, 2017 | (url: http://interestin...)

Remember Solar Roadways? As a fresh reminder, Solar Roadways became massively viral a few years ago after claiming to be the end-all solution to the global energy crisis. The idea was to implement solar panels into the road to produce electricity. The panels allegedly were also going to light up the roads with different LED patterns replacing painted lines. For the winter, heating coils could melt snow and ice- all while generating electricity and requiring less maintenance. It seems too good to be true. And as it turns out, it is.

After years of development and millions of dollars (including government funding), all of the solar roadways installed today produce cost-effective energy production. The roads are expensive and produce far less electricity than what could be produced if the money was used on a solar farm- or by simply placing them by the side of the road. However, it is not the only flaw in turning roads into giant solar panels.


Researchers can now convert CO2 from the air directly into methanol fuel

Submitted by: Odio @ 08:23 AM | Friday, January 29, 2016 | (url: http://pubs.acs.o...)

A highly efficient homogeneous catalyst system for the production of CH3OH from CO2 using pentaethylenehexamine and Ru-Macho-BH (1) at 125165 C in an ethereal solvent has been developed (initial turnover frequency = 70 h1 at 145 C). Ease of separation of CH3OH is demonstrated by simple distillation from the reaction mixture. The robustness of the catalytic system was shown by recycling the catalyst over five runs without significant loss of activity (turnover number > 2000). Various sources of CO2 can be used for this reaction including air, despite its low CO2 concentration (400 ppm). For the first time, we have demonstrated that CO2 captured from air can be directly converted to CH3OH in 79% yield using a homogeneous catalytic system.


get ready for a better world map

Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:06 AM | Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)

LOL! dude! maps are gonna start looking like this in google and stuff
[img]http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/4070/production/_84469461_australiaayersrockuluru.jpg[/img]

Sentinel-2a is the European equivalent of America's Landsat mission, which has been imaging the surface of the Earth for 40 years.

The US satellite's data is free and open, which has driven a multitude of applications. Most people will probably know it best from the map tools they use on their computers and smartphones. These all incorporate Landsat pictures.

Sentinel's data has been designed to be complementary, but the platform also represents a big jump in capability.

Its imaging instrument will be sensitive across more bands of light (13 versus Landsat's eight), allowing it to discern more information about the land beneath it; and Sentinel-2a will "carpet map" a much wider strip of ground (290km versus 185km).

In addition, its colour images have a best resolution of 10m, versus Landsat's 30m.

Esa will launch Sentinel-3a at the end of 2015. This satellite is dedicated to observing the oceans.

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ladies and gentlemen

Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:58 PM | Friday, August 9, 2013 | (url: http://fortydayso...)

this is a pretty awesome blog
Two friends agree to see each other for 40 days, and write about each day from their own perspectives
they've released up through day 30 and it's fascinating how someone tries to come off, and how they are interpreted.

I recommend reading the whole thing bottom to top, was a lot of fun

thanks nerds

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New nutrient smoothie to replace eating

Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:17 PM | Thursday, August 8, 2013 | (url: http://www.vice.c...)

This guy had crowd funded his company, now has a million in sales. Smoothie that replaces food. He has been using it for 7 months to replace 90% of his meals, and runs daily.

Hopes this allows the world to overcome starvation and the strain we put on the earth to try and feed everyone. Tastes better, texture is better, and looks better than the initial prototype he was eating for the crowd funding.


What do you think of the nutrition world in general?
People are inundated with terrible, conflicting advice. Nutrition is unfortunately a field where everyone thinks they're an expert. I am not, and I don't need to be. My goal is to provide the nutritional recommendations already developed by the IOM, WHO, and our board of nutritionists as efficiently and effectively as possible. That is an engineering problem.

Sounds pretty wild. What's next for the smoothie that Gawker said "looks just like semen"?
I see Soylent as a ubiquitous, practical, day-to-day meal that provides most of our nutrition. However, I also see people engineering new recreational foods and making novel foods more beautiful and flavorful than anything we get from nature, thus reducing the burden we place on the environment. I see a difference between "eating" and "dining," and both will be improved with science.


I've always said i'd like to take pills rather than make breakfast and lunch

looks like i can just drink a smoothie, neat :D

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Dr. Gupta of CNN changes stance on Marijuana

Submitted by: Goshin @ 02:06 PM | Thursday, August 8, 2013 | (url: http://www.cnn.co...)

Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."
Well, I am here to apologize.
I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof.

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CHEAP GLASSES FOR EVERYONE!!!! YAYYYYYYY

Submitted by: Goshin @ 02:40 PM | Saturday, July 27, 2013 | (url: http://www.examin...)

hey nerds

if you havent heard of this place yet, try it out

http://www.examiner.com/article/cheap-eyeglasses-are-a-reality-check-out-eric-s-review-of-zenni-optical

you can get prescription glasses for 8 freakin bux (plus 5 dollar shipping)

go to the eye doc, get your prescription, ask them to write your PD (pupil distance) on the paper, and go here
takes 7-14 days for shipping but hell, you can buy like a bunch
highest pricing looks to be around 50
comes with anti scratch coating and you can add all sorts of other shit too
real cool bros

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IT the clown hirable for children's birthdays

Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:48 AM | Thursday, April 22, 2010 | (url: http://www.metro....)

[img]http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2010/04/13/article-1271189185680-091D6554000005DC-366379_636x829.jpg[/img]


Dominic Deville stalks young victims for a week, sending chilling texts, making prank phone calls and setting traps in letterboxes.

He posts notes warning children they are being watched, telling them they will be attacked.

But Deville is not an escaped lunatic or some demonic monster.

He is a birthday treat, hired by mum and dad, and the attack involves being splatted in the face with a cake.

The child feels more and more that it is being pursued, said Deville.

The clowns one and only aim is to smash a cake into the face of his victim, when they least expect it, during the course of seven days.

If the boy or girl manages to avoid the hit, they are given the cake as a birthday present. Well, thats alright then.


what a fantastic idea
i might do this for one of my grown friend's birthdays

if they did this in america :(